It’s festival season, there’s a heatwave coming our way, and England are bringing the World Cup home. There’s lots to be excited about over the next seven days, so allow us to go even further and bring some of week’s best gigs to your attention. Festival spirits are high going into July, and returning this week is inner city extravaganza Sounds Of The City, hosting a series of shows at the criminally underused Castlefield Bowl. Read on for our picks and the best of the rest in Manchester this week.

Monday 25th: H20 (Rebellion)

// “Melodic hardcore” punk outfit H20 get us started this week, out on a world tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘Nothing to Prove‘.

Tuesday 26th: C.W. Stoneking (Deaf Institute)

// Aussie songsmith C.W. Stoneking has been channelling a bygone era of blues rock for the past two decades, returning to the road last year for a string of intimate solo performances. His current tour sees the “jungle blues” singer-songwriter play an extensive series of dates in the UK and the Netherlands, before heading to the US and his native Australia.

Wednesday 27th: L.A. Witch (Soup Kitchen), Nile Rodgers & Chic (Castlefield Bowl)

// The stunning Castlefield Bowl once again invites a host of big names to their (hopefully) sun-drenched venue, as Sounds From The City kicks off with a visit from funk finesse from Nile Rodgers and Chic. Over at Soup Kitchen, we can expect reverb-heavy, grunge-soaked, post-punk goodness from Californian trio L.A. Witch, with support from Afghan Sand.

Thursday 28th: Flight Of The Conchords (The Arena), Go-Kart Mozart (The White Hotel)

// Originally postponed due to a broken arm, New Zealand’s “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” Flight of the Conchords will finally play The Arena! In the cosier confines of The White Hotel, enigmatic star Lawrence returns once again as Go-Kart Mozart.

Friday 29th: Shed Seven (Castlefield Bowl), Ben Howard (The Albert Hall), Wedding (Castle Hotel)

// Indie folk singer-songwriter Ben Howard returns to Manchester supporting latest album ‘Noonday Dream’. Five-piece pop family Wedding launch their new AA-side single Hands In The Till/A Little Love at the Castle, whilst alt-rock five-piece Shed Seven keep the party going at the Castlefield Bowl.

Saturday 30th: Hacienda Classical (Castlefield Bowl), Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club (Band On The Wall), The Hacienda (Gorilla), Cadillac Clubnight (Night & Day Café)

// Hacienda Classical returns to the Castlefield Bowl (followed by club night at Gorilla, for those who want to keep the party going…). Our attentions also drift towards a pair of superb club nights, with Band On The Wall welcoming back Craig Charles with another instalment of his funk and soul club, and Night & Day keep spinning late with indie-funk disco Cadillac.

Sunday 1st: A Beautiful Day Out 2 (Castlefield Bowl)

// Back at the Castlefield Bowl, The Levellers, New Model Army, The Wildhearts and Zion Train brings things to a close this week with A Beautiful Day Out (Part 2).

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That’s your lot! Full event listings can be found here.

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